SYRACUSE, N.Y. — On the day members of the Electoral College meet in state capitals across the nation, a group of Syracuse activists will stage a rally outside the office of U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), urging Central New York’s Member of Congress to join House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in seeking an investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election.
“The notion that a foreign power has involved itself in our domestic election should be troubling to all Americans and we need our leaders in Washington to stand up and demand answers of the intelligence community to determine what really happened,” said Joe Driscoll, one of the organizers of the rally. “We accept the outcome of this election, but it is incumbent on all Americans to expect accountability from Congress for the sanctity of our votes. The multiple conflicts of interest are also apparent and demand investigation. We expect John Katko to do his job and look into this matter with the same zeal he has approached other national security issues.”
The rally will take place today, December 19, 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the sidewalk outside Rep. Katko’s Syracuse office, located in the Galleries at 440 S. Warren Street in Downtown Syracuse.
Throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign, the appearance of foreign involvement became increasingly apparent, including hacks into the email servers of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. Since the election, Russian officials have praised President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices, including Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil who was awarded the Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin in 2013.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as leaders on both House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees have said they support an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Most recently, the FBI concurred with a CIA report stating there was evidence of Russian involvement in the election.
Rep. Katko, who was silent on whether or not he would endorse Donald Trump until just a few weeks before the election, has not publicly stated whether or not he supports an investigation into Russian involvement in the electoral process. The conservative Syracuse Congressman spent much of the Presidential campaign calling for more investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and into Planned Parenthood.
Members of the Electoral College will vote across the nation today after 12:00 p.m. to formally elect the next President of the United States. New York’s 29 electors are expected to all cast their ballots for Hillary Rodham Clinton.